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2015 Keough and Pfeiffer interns Learn on the Ground in Ireland

Author: Mary Hendriksen

Every summer, Notre Dame students are given invaluable opportunities through summer internships in Ireland. In Summer 2015, ten students interned in Ireland via funding through the Keough-Naughton Institute --  in placements ranging from arts organizations, Irish governmental agencies, athletic associations, and not-for-profit social service agencies.

 

 

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Student Spotlight: Ailbhe Darcy, Ph.D. 2015

Author: Mary Hendriksen

 

Ailbhe Darcy, of the Department of English and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, received her doctorate in May 2015 with an accompanying minor in Irish Studies.

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 At Commencement, she was the winner of the Graduate School’s 2015 Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Award in the Humanities.

The citation for her Shaheen Award, the highest honor bestowed on a Notre Dame graduate student, honored Ailbhe for her extraordinary success both as a poet and as a literary critic.

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Report from the IRISH SEMINAR 2015: “I will never look at Irish Studies—or the world—the same way again.”

Author: Mary Hendriksen

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 The Keough-Naughton's annual IRISH seminar met this summer in Buenos Aires, with the theme:  Peripheral  Modernities? Ireland, Argentina, Latin America.

Christopher Fox, director of the Keough-Naughton Institute and a participant in the Seminar, reported that it was " a smashing success," particularly in regard to students' new outlook on Irish Studies — and the world.

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Notre Dame Produces Liam Neeson-Narrated Documentary to Remember Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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The University of Notre Dame will play a major role in the international celebration of the centenary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, which was announced Tuesday, March 31 in Dublin by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. A documentary television series, 1916: The Irish Rebellion, produced by Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, will be broadcast worldwide during the centenary, which memorializes the events in Dublin on Easter Week a century ago, when an insurrection started a process that culminated in an independent Irish state and accelerated the disintegration of the British Empire.

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Video: Arts and Letters Students Intern at Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin

Author: Todd Boruff

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During the summer of 2014, Patrick Butler and Patrick Valencia interned at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Dublin, Ireland. Both internships were sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Without that support, Valencia said, he wouldn’t have been able to “have this wonderful experience living abroad.”

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Notre Dame announces new partnership at Kylemore Abbey in Ireland

Author: Sue Lister

Kylemore Abbey

The University of Notre Dame and the Benedictine Community at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland, have formed a partnership to create a center to advance their shared spiritual, cultural and educational missions.

The programs offered by the center will draw both upon the rich tradition of Benedictine spirituality and the academic rigor of Notre Dame. Programming, which will include courses of varied length and span a variety of academic disciplines, is expected to begin in 2016.

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2015 Naughton Fellowship Awardees Announced

Author: Joanne Fahey

Twenty-one winners of the Naughton Fellowships were announced today by the Graduate School. The research fellowships were awarded to undergraduate, Master’s, and Ph.D. students from Notre Dame and from Ireland. This year’s winners from Notre Dame represent three Notre Dame Colleges and Schools, including Arts and Letters, Engineering, and Science.

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Video: Arts and Letters Students Intern on 1916 Documentary in Ireland

Author: Todd Boruff

Katie Brennan

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this project and to be in Dublin. It’s an amazing opportunity,” said Katie Brennan, a sociology major in the College of Arts and Letters. During the summer of 2014, Brennan and three other University of Notre Dame undergraduates interned on the production of 1916: The Irish Rebellion, a three-part television documentary set to air on PBS, the BBC, and Irish broadcaster RTÉ in 2016.

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Notre Dame produces documentary on 1916 Easter Rising

Author: Madison Jaros

The Irish centenary celebration, commemorating 100 years of Irish independence in 2016, will feature Notre Dame’s documentary “1916: The Irish Rebellion” as a major pillar of the festivities, Thomas J. & Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies Bríona Nic Dhiarmada said.

The documentary tells the story of the 1916 Easter Rising, an event that ultimately led to Ireland’s independence. A three-part series, it will feature leading scholars from around the world, many of them from Notre Dame, Dhiarmada said. The documentary was directed by Pat Collins and Ruan Magan and will be narrated by Irish actor Liam Neeson.

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Tomás Ó Cathasaigh to give 2015 Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture

Author: Margaret Lloyd

The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies announces the Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture:  "Man and Bull in Táin Bó Cúailnge"  at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 in the Hesburgh Library, Special Collections and Rare Books Room. Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Irish Studies in the Department of Celtic Languages and Literature at Harvard University, will present the second annual lecture in honor of the late Breandán Ó Buachalla.   …

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A Global St. Patrick's Day and the Irish who Claim It

Author: Diarmuid Ó Giolláin

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a global festival. The great majority of the earth’s population, of course, remains blissfully ignorant of or indifferent to it, but at the same time it is celebrated on every continent and in every city in which there is a significant population of Irish descent, an Irish pub, or both. Compared to the other Irish festivals of the year the traditional rural customs associated with St. Patrick’s Day were meagre. Organised within a newly independent Irish state in the 1920s, St. Patrick’s Day parades asserted ideals of national community in the union of state and civil society, in the pre-eminence of the national church, and in the self-control of the citizens (facilitated by the mandatory closing of the pubs).…

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Former Irish President Mary McAleese to join the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and Notre Dame Law School as Visiting Fellow

Author: Margaret Lloyd

President McAleese, Naughton Fellow

Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, will join the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies spring 2015 as the Distinguished Martin and Carmel Naughton Visiting Fellow and Notre Dame Law School as the Judge James J. Clynes Visiting Chair.  In these roles, McAleese will participate in the Keough-Naughton Institute’s speaker series and teach the course “Children and the Law” in the Law School.…

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Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame dies at age 97

Author: Dennis Brown

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., saying Mass

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross and one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 26) at Holy Cross House adjacent to the University. He was 97.

“We mourn today a great man and faithful priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame and touched the lives of many,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “With his leadership, charisma and vision, he turned a relatively small Catholic college known for football into one of the nation’s great institutions for higher learning."

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Institute Remembers Donald R. Keough

Author: Margaret Lloyd

The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies mourns the death of its first and faithful supporter, Donald R. Keough, who died Tuesday, February 24, 2015.  In 1992, through Keough’s generous financial support and wise counsel, Seamus Deane was hired as the Donald and Marilyn Keough Chair of Irish Studies, launching the Irish Studies program at Notre Dame. A prominent Irish American and parent of Notre Dame graduates, Keough saw the need for a tangible link between Notre Dame and Ireland. …

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In memoriam: Donald R. Keough, Chair Emeritus of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees

Author: Paul J. Browne

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Donald R. Keough, chair emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees, chair of Allen & Company and former president and chief operating officer of the Coca-Cola Company, died Tuesday (Feb. 24) in Atlanta with family members at his side. He was 88.

“Don Keough was a celebrated business leader, a transformative philanthropist, a devout Catholic, a devoted husband and father, and a friend to so many who today mourn his passing,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “Don’s visionary leadership and generosity has had a profound impact on the University. He believed that we were put on earth to do good in the world, and his life tangibly demonstrated that faith. He has been a dear friend and cherished mentor whom I will miss terribly.”

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Lecture features Irish Secret Society

Author: Clare Kossler

The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies hosted graduate student Jessica Lumsden for the Shamrocks and Secrets lecture series, which focused on early 19th century Ireland and the growth of a secret and frequently violent society known as the Ribbonmen.

Although many rumors concerning the Ribbonmen still circulate, Lumsden said there are only a few established facts on the society and consequently little historical investigation into the subject.…

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Snite Museum Expands Irish Art Collection at the University of Notre Dame

Author: Gina Costa

The Snite Museum of Art announces the acquisition of a significant portfolio of 28 prints by the quixotic Irish artist James Barry (1741–1806). Rich in symbolism and technically inventive, these new additions to the collection promise to enhance the University of Notre Dame’s position as a leading center for Irish, eighteenth-century, art historical, and trans-Atlantic studies. The artist’s dramatic compositions, grand scale, and heroic subjects offer visitors, connoisseurs, students, and scholars much to contemplate and enjoy.…

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Florence Impens, 2014-2015 Keough National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Author: Margaret Lloyd

Keough NEH Fellow Florence Impens

A student of poetry and native of France, Florence Impens participated in the 2013 Irish Seminar on Contemporary Irish Poetry in Paris.  Impressed with this introduction to the Keough-Naughton Institute, Impens applied for and was delighted to receive one of two Keough-NEH fellowships awarded this year.  She is making use of this time to develop a book length study of classical reception in contemporary Irish poetry while enjoying proximity to Notre Dame’s Special Collections.…

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Patrick McCabe Papers Acquisition

Author: Margaret Lloyd

Pat McCabe

Hesburgh Libraries recently acquired the papers of Patrick McCabe, renowned Irish novelist and playwright.  Twice listed for the Booker Prize, his novel The Butcher Boy “is a canonical Irish novel,”  according to Aedin Ni Bhroithe Clements, Irish studies librarian at Hesburgh Libraries who notes, “McCabe has been at the forefront of Irish literature for at least three decades.”  Born in Clones, County Monahan in 1955, McCabe is a writer of novels, short stories, plays and screenplays. A former visiting fellow in the Keough-Naughton Institute, he also has participated in the Irish Seminar, an annual intensive graduate course run by the Institute.  

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Undergraduates: Irish Internships Summer 2015 Applications Now Due

Author: Margaret Lloyd

Notre Dame Student Summer Interns on 1916 documentary

Applications for summer 2015 internships in Ireland are being accepted through GoIrish until January 23rd.  In its 20th year, the Irish internship program offers placements in Irish government, arts, business and non-profit organizations.

For more information, see here.

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Video: Meet Irish Major Rae Moors

Author: Todd Boruff

Rae Moors, Irish language and literature major

“I tell everyone that I meet that they should take an Irish language course,” said Rae Moors, a senior Irish language and literature major. In the first program of its kind in North America, Notre Dame Irish majors learn the indigenous language of Ireland and engage with a wide range of literature, from medieval sagas to contemporary poetry and prose. “There are so many angles you can take while studying Ireland,” said Moors.

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